Dissecting California’s Corrections Budget

Big Increase In Compensation Spending Per Inmate

California under Governor Jerry Brown’s third and four terms continues to reduce its prison population, a welcome reversal of the steep population increase resulting from determinant sentencing legislation Brown signed in his first term. According to the governor’s proposed budget for FYE2018, the state prison population will have dropped an impressive 21 percent since FYE12, from 163,000 to 128,000 inmates.

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Lecturer at Stanford University and president of Govern For California

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